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In Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales The Friars Tale supports the Friars persona outlined in the opening prologue The tale told bye the Friar is one about extortion and hypocrisy which is how Chaucer subtly describes the Friar The tale told by the Friar is also a clever way of the Friar to express his dislike for his fellow pilgrim the Summoner The Friar by definition of his job title is to be a man of the church caring for the poor and less fortunate and living by the Bible On the contrary the Friar is known amongst the towns people as a drinking man He knew the taverns well in every town And every innkeeper and barmaid too Better than lepers beggars and that crew EMC page 192 Also the Friar is very flirtatious when it comes to women He carries gifts to give to a random girl who may be attractive He kept his tippet stuffed with pins for curls And pocket-knives to give to pretty girls EMC 192 Whether or not he is truly qualified to work as a church official is quite skeptical For he was qualified to hear confessionsOr so he said with more than priestly scope He had a special license from the Pope EMC 192 Chaucer believes that the Catholic Church is corrupt and he believes no different when it comes to describing the Friar Sweetly her heard his penitents at shriftWith pleasant absolution for a gift EMC 192 Even though he is a corrupt church official he tries to maintain his image bye keeping peace but still expresses his dislike for his fellow pilgrim This worthy limiter this noble friar He turned always a lowering face and dire Upon the summoner but for courtesy No rude and insolent word as yet spoke he In addition the tale that the Friar tells is about a corrupt summoner and his pact with the
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